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Prototype material for The Dynamic Earth Exhibition, Edinburgh

James Hutton (1726-1797) is now regarded as the father of modern geology. Hutton put geological theory on a sound basis with his Theory of the Earth (1788) which would be confirmed by field observations. He drew vital evidence for his theory from rock exposures in Holyrood Park, of which the small quarry known as Hutton's section, at the south end of Salisbury Crags, is the most important. This has made it a place of international geological pilgrimage.

Click for 640x480 screen grab (62k) This mock up of the new exhibition centre, to be built on the site of an old gasworks, is overlayed on a photo of the site. Salisbury Crags are in the background.
Click for QTVR panorama movie (385k)
Panorama movies allow visitors to navigate around the city, looking for familiar landmarks as well as the major geological features. This view is from the roof of Edinburgh Castle.
Textual overlays are combined with geological and topological maps - the user can adjust the mix of text and map. Click for 640x480 screen grab (72k)
Click for 640x480 screen grab (68k) Again a text overlay, combined with a site photograph, explains the geological features.
A large collection of stills show details of important geological features, such as the mud cracks shown here.

Stills taken using a Nikon F801 camera and short zoom.

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Click for QTVR panorama movie (137k)
Other QTVR movies allow the viewer to examine geological features, zooming and panning to find appropriate details. This panorama shows Hutton's Section - an igneous intrusion.

Photos taken with a combination of Nikon F801/Sigma 14mm and Canon Powershot 600 digital camera, each camera on a Kaidan 35mm bracket.

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all others © Earth Sciences, The Open University 1997

Technical notes by Chris Valentine

Last updated 19/10/98. Contact Chris Valentine [c.p.valentine@open.ac.uk]